Joan E. Bauer was born in Los Angeles, and for some years, taught English and journalism in public and independent schools. With Judith Robinson and Sankar Roy, she co-edited Only the Sea Keeps: Poetry of the Tsunami (Bayeux Arts, 2005). In 2007, she won the Earle Birney Poetry Prize from Prism International, and her chapbook, Another Country, was published by Pudding House Publications. Her poetry has appeared in The Comstock Review, 5 AM, Italian Americana, Poet Lore, Quarterly West, and several anthologies. She divides her time between Laguna Beach, CA. and Pittsburgh, PA.